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Bloggers: I want to critique your blog for you!

Today is the last day to get The Genius Blogger’s Toolkit — an amazing bundle of 77 different high-value blogging resources.

To sweeten this incredible deal even further, I’m offering something I’ve never offered before to every single person who purchases: I will personally critique your blog or website! {More details on that offer at the end of this post!}

Is This Really Worth the Money?

I’ve gotten a number of questions from you about the Toolkit and some of you have asked me whether it’s worth the investment. I love that you are thinking critically and carefully about how you spend your money.

First off, let’s talk about what you get for the price: This Toolkit is a collection of 15 eBooks, 41 eCourses & videos, 9 printables & workbooks, 10 templates & stock photo packages and 2 membership sites — over $5,800 worth of products for just $97.

When you purchase, you’ll get resources with step-by-step instructions to get started, how to grow your email list, the best ways to monetize your blog, and so much more. It’s basically a comprehensive collection of products from some of the most respected voices in the blogging space on all things blogging.

This year's most up-to-date collection of blogging resources at a no-brainer price.

I’m Overwhelmed! Help!

I know that there is a LOT of information in this Toolkit — and it can make you feel like it’s just too much!

Before you start feeling all overwhelmed by the time it might take to try to complete all the courses or read through all the ebooks, STOP! Instead, I want you go through the list of products and choose at least 3-4 eBooks or eCourses that will give you huge benefits right where you are.

Common sense wisdom might tell you that you should go through every single product in a bundle like this. But here’s the thing: I want you to focus more on doing and implementing rather than on just reading about what to do or collecting more information.

So, I want you to just focus on those eCourses or eBooks and decide that are the top priorities for you to dive into right now. You can always go through other courses down the road (you have a YEAR to sign up for them/download them), but start with those that are going to make the most immediate impact in your life and business.
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Where Do I Start?

If you need some suggestions on which courses you should focus on, here are some lists of resources I put together that might be pertinent to your individual situation and needs (obviously, these are just suggestions! Feel free to make your own list based upon what resources in the Toolkit jump out to you!):

I want to succeed as a beginner…

If you’re just getting started blogging, consider prioritizing going through:

I want to increase my traffic…

If you’ve been blogging for awhile and want to increase your traffic, you might prioritize going through:

I want to make more money…

If you want to figure out how to make more money from blogging, you might prioritize going through:

I want to manage my time better…

Perhaps you need help with managing your time as a blogger, so you might prioritize going through:

This is just a small listing of all the courses available in this Toolkit… there is truly something for just about everyone. I’ve been blogging for over 13 years and I downloaded quite a few different courses from it and am so excited to go through them myself!

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Would You Like Me to Critique Your Blog?

Because I want you to succeed as a blogger and because I want you to buy this fantastic Toolkit and actually USE it and benefit from it, I am offering something I’ve never done before: I’m offering you the opportunity to get a completely free blog critique from me personally if you purchase the Toolkit and take action on it.

Yes, that means I’ll go to your blog and personally give you pointers on ways you can improve it, ideas I have for ways you can increase your traffic, and suggestions for how to better monetize it.

Here’s how to qualify for a FREE blog critique from me:

  1. Click here and purchase The Genius Blogger’s Toolkit, if you haven’t already.
  2. Look through all of the products in the Toolkit and send me an email (crystal@moneysavingmom.com) and tell me what 3-4 resources you are going to commit to going through in the next two months.
  3. Go through the 3-4 resources you committed to go through by December 15, 2018.
  4. Shoot me an email once you’ve gone through them and send me your blog address and I’ll personally go through your blog and give you a customized critique and feedback specifically for ways you can increase your traffic and income (or I’m happy to give you critique/feedback on specific topic if you’d prefer that!

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Time is Running Out!

Today is your last chance to get this fantastic Toolkit for just $97 + get a FREE Blog Critique from me. If you wait to take action until tomorrow, this deal will be over with.

Are you in?

>>Yes, I want to buy the Toolkit and get a FREE personalized blog critique from Crystal.<<

Don’t wait to take action! Remember, this offer is only available through tonight (Monday, October 15, 2018) at midnight.

Read about what this amazing toolkit offers—or just buy it now by clicking below!

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We Spent $56.49 on Groceries This Week (+ here’s what we ate)

I’m currently challenging myself to stick with a $70 grocery budget for our family of five. This includes almost all of our breakfasts, lunches, snacks, and dinners + most household products (toiletries, laundry soap, etc.).

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I got back from my girls’ beach trip on Sunday night and we left last night (Thursday night) for a family road trip to AL, MS, and LA. We are staying at hotels that offer free breakfast and then we brought much of our food and snacks, so we don’t plan to spend that much extra on food on this trip.

However, we’re under-budget again this week, so I’m using the extra $39 we had in grocery money last week to cover an extra dinner out for our road trip.

Note: When you see the groceries and meals below, please remember this: I buy ahead often. Which means that when I find a great deal on something I know we’ll use, I buy as much as I can afford in our budget to have on hand.

This means that you aren’t going to see all of the groceries in these shopping trips that I used to make all of the meals we ate. And  it also means we didn’t use all of these groceries up this week — because some of them will be saved for later weeks!

Please also remember that I’m putting this out there and it’s not a perfectly balanced menu. This is just really what we ate — and I hope that it encourages you to see the real-ness and lack of perfection here. 🙂

Kroger Shopping Trip #1

Kroger Shopping Trip #2

  • 5 dozen Simple Truth Eggs — marked down to $0.49 per dozen
  • 2 bags of cinnamon/raisin bagels — marked down to $1.49 each
  • 3 Simple Truth yogurts — marked down to $0.49 each
  • Oui Yogurts — marked down to $1.19 each, used $0.30/1 Kroger digital coupon
  • Artisan Lettuce — marked down to $1.49
  • 2 bags of grapefruit/oranges — marked down to $0.99 each
  • 1 bag of apples — marked down to $0.99
  • Stayfree pads — $1.79 when you buy 5 participating products, used $1/1 Kroger digital coupon, got $0.50 back from iBotta rebate = $0.39
  • 4 Suave Shampoo/Conditioner — $1.99 each when you buy 5 participating products, used $3/2 Kroger digital coupon + $1/1 coupon that Kroger had sent to me (I should have just bought 3 bottles — for some reason, I got mixed up and thought it was a $1/2 coupon… oh well!) = $0.99 each
  • 2 Speedstick deodorant — $0.99 each when you buy 5 participating products
  • 2 Gillette Shave Gel — $0.99 each when you buy 5 participating products
  • Colgate toothpaste — $1.99 when you buy 5 participating products
  • 2 Suave Kids’ Body Wash — $0.99 each when you buy 5 participating items
  • 2 Huggies Baby Wipes — $0.99 each when you buy 5 participating items, used $0.50/2 Kroger digital coupon = $0.74 each after coupon
  • 2 Honey Nut Cheerios — $1.79 each when you buy 5 participating items, used $1/2 Kroger digital coupon = $1.29 each after coupon
  • 4 packages of Goldfish — $0.99 each when you 5 participating items
  • 8 boxes of Quaker Granola bars — $0.99 each when you buy 5 participating items
  • 2 packages of Oscar Mayer lunch meat — $2.79 each when you buy 5 participating items
  • Used $10/$40 coupon that Kroger mailed to me recently (make sure you always have your address correct on the Kroger site — they often mail out great coupons!
  • Total with tax: $39.84

The best deal of the week by far (at least to me!) was the Simple Truth Cage-Free Eggs for $0.49!!!!! I have never seen cage free eggs this inexpensive and was so excited for this deal!

Since we already had 4 dozen eggs from recent deals, I shared two dozen with a friend and we plan to have lots of scrambled eggs, fried eggs, and hard boiled eggs over the next 2-3 weeks.

I don’t usually freeze eggs, because we can easily eat through 3 dozen in a week, but I will be making French Toast or Egg Casserole if we really need to use them up and aren’t seeming to eat through them quickly enough. I never have had any issue keeping eggs in the fridge for 2-3 weeks past their sell by date, so I’m not too worried about us being able to use them before they go bad.

I was also excited because I earned 436 points on Fetch Rewards for my second shopping trip! If you haven’t signed up for Fetch Rewards yet, I highly recommend signing up and scanning your receipts. It’s such an easy-peasy way to earn free gift cards!

(Want more details on Fetch Rewards and how it works? Read this post on How I Earned $5 in Free Gift Cards in 3 Weeks — just for scanning my grocery receipts.)

What I Spent This Week

Total spent: $56.49

Cashback Earned This Week: 461 points from Fetch Rewards for scanning my receipts + I earned $0.60 back from iBotta for scanning my receipt and purchasing Stayfree.

What We Ate This Week

Breakfasts:

  • Cereal, Oatmeal, Scrambled Eggs, Banana Bread with Peanut Butter (Everyone is on their own for breakfast!)

Lunches:

  • Hard Boiled Eggs, Avocados, Salad, Grapefruit, Cottage Cheese, Lunch out with a friend (she insisted that she pay for my lunch!), Apples, Pumpkin Waffles (Jesse & Me)
  • Turkey Sandwiches, Fruit, Veggies, Banana Bread, Granola Bars, Yogurt, Cookies, Capri Sun (For the kids — They are in charge of their own lunches.)

Snacks:

  • Banana Bread, Oreo Cheesecake (that Kaitlynn made), Yogurt, Cottage Cheese, Fruit/Veggies, Cookies, Hard Boiled Eggs, Turmeric Milk

Dinners:

  • Saturday: Jesse and the kids went over to our friends’ house for dinner since I was gone
  • Sunday: Leftovers/Fend For Yourself
  • Monday: Sausage/Peppers/Onions in the Crockpot
  • Tuesday: Fend For Yourself (Silas had a baseball game) — The kids had cereal, I had a muffin, egg, and apple, Jesse can’t remember what he ate!
  • Wednesday: Pumpkin Pancakes (recipe coming this next week on the blog — these were a hit!)
  • Thursday: Lasagna Casserole (from the freezer) Salad
  • Friday: Dinner Out

A Beginner’s Guide to Your First Tough Mudder (and how to do it for FREE!)

Thinking of doing a Tough Mudder? Here are tips and tricks I’ve learned from doing three different Tough Mudders in the last few years…

1. Embrace the Mud

My very first Tough Mudder was scary. I wondered if I would make it to the finish line. Could I really do a 10-mile, 23-obstacle mud run?

I worried that it would be too hard. I was scared I should have trained for it (I signed up on a whim a few weeks before). And I was worried that I would hate the mud.

You see, I hate mud. I hate the un-showered feeling. In fact, I have to shower and shave my legs every day to feel human and sane.

So I wondered if I had lost my mind to be signing up for something where the whole entire event was about walking and crawling and “swimming” in mud.

But I completely surprised myself by not really being bothered by it at all. In fact, after the first obstacle on that 10-mile obstacle run — one where you ended up covered in mud (see below), I just went with — and it was a blast!

Yes, I definitely was happy to take a shower when I got home and yes, it took multiple showers before I was finally mud-free, but I didn’t mind the mud at all during the event. And during my next two Tough Mudders, I actually welcomed it. Bring on the mud!

Note: You will get very, very muddy. It’s inevitable. Be prepared for mud to be in every orifice of your body — and for it to take a few showers and multiple hair washings to get it all scrubbed off!

2. Ask for Help

The Tough Mudder was specifically designed to be a team event. I can’t imagine doing it on my own or by myself. In fact, some of the obstacles cannot be completed on your own; the only way to get through them (or climb up or over them!) is to have help!

Willingly accept help. Don’t try to go it alone or be a macho. Accept that outstretched hand or the person offering to give you a boost so you can climb the high wall. That’s part of the experience — and I think it’s one of the best parts.

Tip: If you’re planning to do a Tough Mudder, find at least another friend to do it with you. It makes for such an amazing memory to share together AND you’ll never have to worry about being left to try to tackle an obstacle on your own. We just recently finished doing a Tough Mudder with two other couples we are close friends with. It was such a fun adventure — and it deepened our relationship to do it together!

3. Wear the Right Clothes & Gear

One of the best ways to improve your experience at the Tough Mudder is to wear the right clothes and gear. It could mean the difference of you being miserable or actually loving it!

Here are some things I would suggest:

Wear fitted spandex clothing. Don’t wear anything that is bulky and could easily get caught in barbed wire (which there will be quite a lot of that you’ll need to crawl under. Ladies, I recommend wearing spandex capris to protect your legs better as you are crawling under and over things.

Wear fingerless gloves. You are going to be using your hands a lot to grip things and gloves will make that easier, plus they will prevent your hands from getting scratched and scraped. I always use fingerless weight-lifting type gloves.

Bring sunglasses. If it’s sunny, you will be glad that you did. You can set them on the side of any obstacle that involves potentially dropping into water.

Wear shoes that are fairly tight on you. Your shoes will get soaked and you will be walking through waist deep mud and water. If you wear shoes that are loose, you’ll have a hard time keeping them on.

Wear sunscreen. Even if you don’t think it’s going to be sunny, you’re going to be outside for at least 4 hours at this even and the last you want to do is come home muddy and sunburned!

Wear a hair band. If you have longer or thick hair, a hair band can be a lifesaver so that you don’t have muddy, wet hair in your face. At the end of the race, you get a finisher’s head band and these work well for your next Tough Mudder!

Use shoe wraps. You will likely get a lot of little pebbles and rocks in your shoes without shoe wraps/gaitors. We got ours on Amazon (see above photo) and love them!

Don’t bring anything else. You are going to be traipsing through all sorts of mud and water and crazy obstacles… leave your phone or valuables or anything else you don’t absolutely need behind (they offer a bag check, but it costs $10, if I’m remembering correctly). They offer various water and snack stops along the way so you don’t need to bring any food or drink with you.

Tip: Bring a big plastic trash sack, a change of clothes, a change of shoes, and towels for when it’s over with. They have showers where you can shower off, but you’ll want to throw all of your clothes into a trash sack and it’s really nice to have towels dry off at the end!

4. Have a Blast!

Seriously! The more you are ALL IN for the event, the more fun it will be! Do your best. Don’t beat yourself up if you can’t complete an obstacle (you can skip any obstacle you don’t feel comfortable doing) and go out and have fun!

You will challenge yourself. You will likely stretch yourself. And you will probably realize that you are a lot stronger than you thought.

Also, you just might fall in love with Tough Mudders and surprise yourself — just like I did!

How to Do a Tough Mudder for FREE (or at a discount!)

While the price of a Tough Mudder is quite expensive (you’ll pay $99+ for a ticket + $20 for parking at the event), there are a few ways to cut down on the costs — and even get in for FREE!

  1. Volunteer — If you volunteer at the event for half a day, you’ll get 80% off the ticket price. If you volunteer for a full day, you’ll get in completely free. You may still need to pay for parking on the day you participate in the event.
  2. Find a Deal on Groupon — We found a deal this time around on Groupon and were able to save a significant amount off the ticket price by doing so! Check Groupon for your area to see if they are offering this — it showed up a few months before the Tough Mudder event.

Note: This post is in no way, shape, or form sponsored by Tough Mudder. Though if they wanted to sponsor me in some way, I certainly wouldn’t have a problem with that! 😉

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Bloggers: It’s time to stop dreaming about success!

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Some of you might not know that MoneySavingMom.com was started at one of the lowest times in our lives.

My husband had lost his job and couldn’t find a new job. We had a toddler and a newborn. Our bank account was almost empty.

We had just recently moved to Kansas City so we only knew a few families and were struggling to find friends and community — especially since our small church had folded soon after we moved there.

We felt alone, scared, and pretty hopeless. But I remember thinking, “I can’t give up! There has to be some other option than just giving up!”

So I asked myself, “What do I know? What am I good at? What can I do?”

The time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.

I realized that I already knew about blogging since I had been blogging for two years. I also knew that I was good at saving money on groceries and that when I had blogged about money-saving tactics, people just ate it up. And I also knew it would be pretty simple to start a new blog about saving money on groceries.

So, out of that desperate place — and with these things in mind — MoneySavingMom.com was born!

I had no idea that it would soon turn into our family’s full-time income, would open up doors I could have never dreamed of, would allow us to pay cash for a house, would give us the opportunity to bless and inspire millions of people around the globe, would literally take us around the globe to South Africa where we would fall madly in love with the work there, would provide the ability for us to give generously, and would allow Jesse to come home full-time.

Do This Today…

I share this to encourage those of who might be feeling like you’re stuck and getting nowhere when it comes to getting your blog and online business off the ground. I’d encourage you to ask, “What can I do? What resources do I have available that I can tap into? What do I already know? What am I already good at?”

Instead of waiting for some big thing to change in your life, what’s one tiny thing you can start doing today to begin heading in the direction you want to go?

I want you to quit fantasizing about the amazing blog you’re going to build and I want you to roll up your sleeves today and make a plan. It doesn’t have to be exhaustive or incredibly detailed. But I don’t want you to go another day just wishing you could figure out how to start a blog.

The time to start is NOW. Even if it feels like you can’t do much; I want you to do something.

It’s time to stop dreaming and start doing.

The Genius Blogger's ToolkitNeed some help getting started?

If you feel held back by fear over how to get started, I’ve got the perfect resource for you — and it’s only available for the next few days.

It’s called The Genius Blogger’s Toolkit and it’s a goldmine of resources for beginner to advanced bloggers alike.

When you purchase the Toolkit, you’ll get immediate access to: 41 eCourses, 15 eBooks, 9 printable packs & workbooks, 5 templates, 5 stock photo packs, and 2 membership sites.

There are courses on every topic imaginable when it comes to starting, building, growing, and monetizing your blog. You’ll learn about:

  • all the techie stuff related to blogging
  • how to improve the graphic design for your blog and social media
  • how to build and grow your email list
  • how to use social media more effectively (you’ll get my class on Facebook Live Strategies + so many other great courses on Facebook, Pinterest, and more!)
  • how to improve your photos for your blog posts
  • how to design and effectively sell products online

Community & Support
For example, two of the resources in the Toolkit are membership sites:

Both of those membership sites alone are valued at over $200 — and will provide you so many hands-on help on your blogging journey! And that’s just a tiny sample of what The Genius Blogger’s Toolkit contains!

Basically, it’s an entire blogging education from a number of blogging professionals to help you confidently tackle whatever blogging struggles you are facing.

You won’t have any reason to make any more excuses, because everything you need to get started will be right at your fingertips!

All of the courses and ebooks can be downloaded and gone through at your own pace. You can start them today or, if it’s a topic you don’t need right now, you can download it and save it for later.

Or, if it’s not a topic you need at all, you can just skip it and move on to the courses that you really need to focus on. Why? Because you are paying a fraction of the price that each of these would cost if you bought them individually.

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Don’t miss this deal!

If you went to the different influencer’s and blogger’s sites and bought each of these courses separately, you’d pay $5867.88! But for the next few days, you can get all of these courses in one big bundle for just $97 total!

Many of these courses are very comprehensive and they individually sell for more than $97 for just one course! So this is a STEAL of a price!

This is your chance to get the help you need to grow as a blogger — and to get it at a crazy low price!

Want to learn more? Read about what this amazing toolkit offers—or just buy it now by clicking below!

BUY NOW

Remember, this toolkit is only available through Monday, October 15, 2018 at 11:59pm EST.

P.S. There is a 30-Day Money Back Guarantee! So if you purchase it and decide it’s not for you, you an ask for your money back — no questions asked!

Bloggers: Be sure to read this!

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I have gotten a LOT of emails from you all recently telling me that you wish you could have more customized help as a blogger…

  • Some of you would like help getting your blog up and launched.
  • Some of you want to know how to get more people to ready your blog.
  • Some of you would like to feel more confident when it comes to the technical aspects of blogging.
  • A number of you want to learn how to take better photos for your blog.
  • Many of you would love to be more successful on social media.
  • And pretty much all of you would like to figure out how to make more money as a blogger!

I wish I could offer customized coaching for each and every one of you… and we’re actually working on some projects for the future to allow me to do more of that.

I Want to Help You TODAY!

But many of you aren’t wanting to wait around for that — you’d like help TODAY! And you don’t have to wait, because guess what?

For the next few day only, an amazing bundle of fantastic blogging resources is available that offers courses on just about every single aspect related to blogging.

It’s called The Genius Blogger’s Toolkit and it boasts 77 different products and is worth $5,867.88!!

No matter whether you need help with writing better blog posts, setting up your email list, becoming proficient at marketing, creating products that sell, managing your time better, or making more money as a blogger, this toolkit has you covered.

Wait, For REAL??

Yes, when you purchase The Genius Blogger’s Toolkit, you’ll get access to 41 eCourses, 15 eBooks, 9 printable packs & workbooks, 5 templates, 5 stock photo packs, and 2 membership sites.

Basically, it’s an entire blogging education from a number of blogging professionals to help you confidently tackle whatever blogging struggles you are facing.

All of the courses and ebooks can be downloaded and gone through at your own pace. You can start them today or, if it’s a topic you don’t need right now, you can download it and save it for later.

Or, if it’s not a topic you need at all, you can just skip it and move on to the courses that you really need to focus on. Why? Because you are paying a fraction of the price that each of these would cost if you bought them individually.

You Won’t Believe This Price!

That’s right! If you went to the different influencer’s and blogger’s sites and bought each of these courses separately, you’d pay $5867.88! But for the next few days, you can get all of these courses in one big bundle for just $97 total!

Many of these courses are very comprehensive and they individually sell for more than $97 for just one course! So this is a STEAL of a price!

There is a Catch, Though…

I know you’ve likely been waiting for me to tell you what the catch is and it’s actually two-fold:

1) This is only a great deal if you’ll actually USE these courses. Please don’t buy this bundle with great intentions and then not actually go through the courses. Otherwise, you wasted your money. I only want you to invest in this toolkit of resources if you promise me that you are going to go through at least 3-4 of them. They have the power to change the trajectory of your business — but only if you will take the first step to purchase and then go through and learn and implement what you learn!

2) This offer is very limited time only. Most of the people who sell these courses cannot afford to have their course discounted deeply like this on a longterm basis. So this toolkit is only available at this price through Monday, October 15, 2018. After that, the toolkit won’t be available and the only way to get these resources will be to buy them individually at the much higher prices.

This is your chance to get the help you need to grow as a blogger — and to get it at a crazy low price!

Click here to purchase The Genius Blogger’s Toolkit for just $97!

P.S. I downloaded my own copy of the toolkit and will be telling you about which courses I’m most excited about over the next few days. If you have any questions or aren’t sure if this is for you, leave a comment and ask. I’m happy to help you out!